Ministry Staff

Philip Read

Philip Read


Email: phil.smruc at

Vitals: Born June 26th, 1980 in Kingsport, Tennessee.

Family: I am married to Dr. Aimee Patterson, an ethicist and love of my life. We have two sons – Julian and Theodore. We also have a very vocal and affectionate cat, Bijou.

The most influential persons in my life: My family and friends.

What inspires me? The belief that love is stronger than death and pain.

One thing that I love about SMRUC: The willingness to risk, to try something new and different.

Hobbies: Designing and building wood projects… often the designing happens as I go along.

Life Long Goal: To leave the world a little better than I received it.


Book: Toss-up between Anna Karenina, and Pride and Prejudice

Quotations: “All real living is meeting”-Buber; “God is Life”-Tolstoy

Movies: The Whale Rider, Dead Poets Society, Pride and Prejudice (BBC version only), and Groundhog Day

Television: How It’s Made, Antique Road’s Show

Music: anything sung by Serena Ryder

Restaurant: still sampling

Drink: President’s Choice Club Soda with a twist of lemon

Childhood Memory: Christmas mornings, the family sitting around in pajamas with torn wrapping paper and bows everywhere.


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SMRUC Emergency Food Box

Did you know that SMRUC has an emergency food box located in the Junction space? It is for use by those people who might walk in needing an emergency supply of food prior to the regular Food Bank day. It is sorted and some may be sent to West Broadway as well. Sometimes our box gets very low on supplies. Please bring non-perishable food whenever you can to keep it full. [ Items like tuna, soup, beans, peanut butter etc. ]